HAPPY NEW YEAR

As I sit here writing this message it’s fair to say that this time last year, I did not think that we would still be in the throes of Covid 19, but this, sadly, is where we still find ourselves, with numbers yesterday here in Ireland reaching a record high.

Having said that – the solitude and lack of travel has meant that it’s been a wonderful year for me creatively. I have never before had this kind of time and space to really focus on writing and recording, and that really has been a joy to me.

The new album “Gimme Some Wine” is one of the projects I’m most proud of and I’ve been particularly moved with the amazing messages I’ve received in relation to my latest single “South Anne Street”. I’m massively grateful for the amount of radio play it received here in Ireland and for all of you who requested it and gave it such fantastic support.

The restrictions made me all the more grateful for the very few concerts I managed to play this year. The extraordinarily wonderful experience that was “BETTER NORMAL” the skiffle/New Orleans/Dublin style show that streamed for a month in September with a brilliant crew of Jess Kavanagh, Pauline Scanlon and 22 brilliantly talented musicians and singers was definitely a high light of the year, I sincerely hope we get to do it again sometime.

The other dates that I managed to perform in the brief period when restrictions lifted a little were the German tour dates in November. It was so great to be playing in front of such fantastic live audiences, the atmosphere was incredible and no kidding, I’m looking forward to the German dates next October already.

Looking to the future, I’m doing a really extensive tour all around Ireland from February- April and I’m so looking forward to getting back out on the highways and byways, small towns, big towns and playing the songs from the new album.

I’m also very excited to be doing the recently announced “A Woman’s Heart Orchestrated” with Wallis Bird, Maura O’Connell and the RTE Concert Orchestra in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin on Sunday 8th May 2022.

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I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the new year. This can be a funny time of year for many, so if you’re feeling a little down after all the stuff we’ve come through, light a candle, put on some music and know that better days are ahead.

I’d also like to extend my love and thoughts for those of you who have suffered a loss this year. The pandemic has made the loss of a loved one even more difficult than usual. When I light my candles tonight, you will be in my thoughts.

And on the subject of candle lighting… – I’m getting ready for my annual New Year’s Eve ritual, a candle lit scented bath with a few glasses of Champagne. The ONLY way to see in the new year, I have a feeling that this one will be a good one.

Onwards and Upwards,
x
Eleanor

The new album Gimme Some Wine is available on all digital platforms world wide.

Physical CDs can be purchased at this Golden Discs link, they are an independent Irish Retailer who will post the CD to anywhere in the world.

IRISH TOUR DATES 2022

Fri. 18th Feb     dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Sat. 26th Feb     The Dock, Carrick-on Shannon  SOLD OUT

Fri. 4th March     Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge SOLD OUT

Sat. 5th March    Townhall Theatre Cavan  

Tues. 8th March   International Woman’s Day – Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

Thur. 10th March      The Source Arts Centre, Thurles

Fri 11th March   Dolan’s Limerick

Sat. 12th March    St John’s Arts Centre, Listowel, Co Kerry 

Fri. 18th March       St Augustines Church, Derry

Sat. 19th March     Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy

Thurs. 24th March  Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

Sat. 26th March     Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

Fri. 1st April       Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely

Sat. 2nd April    Sea Church, Ballycotton

Fri. 8th  April    Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore

Sat. 9th April     The Venue Theatre, Ratoath

Sat. 30th April     Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina

ALMOST BEAUTIFUL

My new single “Almost Beautiful” is out today, 12 March, 2021. In celebration of the release, I did a socially distanced photo shoot of statues in Dublin City Center. The wonderful photos were taken by Scott Hayes and are the perfect accompaniment to the song. “Almost Beautiful” is available on all digital platforms here. I’ll be bringing out my album as soon as I’m back on the road. Here’s hoping that won’t be too long.

Almost Beautiful-YouTube

SHIBBOLETH

When Eleanor sat down to write her new album, I’d Rather Go Blonde, Ireland was in the grips of severe winter weather, a devastating economic crisis, and the continuing abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. The songs that emerged came straight from Eleanor’s own heart but their message is a reflection of the heart of all Ireland. The 6th song on the album, Shibboleth, is especially relevant in light of the news of the bailout of the Irish government this week. Eleanor described Shibboleth in a recent article in Irish Music Magazine. “What I did with that was a trick on what the old traditional Irish songs used to do where you weren’t allowed to talk about the conflict, or England, so they used to talk about Ireland as woman. I’m doing the same in Shibboleth. I’m singing as if it’s a person: ‘Mo ghra, mo chraoi, mo cuisle/How hard it is to see/ A mhuirin, they have brought you to your knees.’ But I’m actually singing about Ireland.
'Shibboleth'
(E. McEvoy)
Your beauty in the spotlight
It was something to behold
A final hope of something good
A pool of solid gold

Mo ghra, mo chroi, mo chuisle
How hard it is to see
A mhuirnin, they have brought you to your knees

You Riverdanced around the world
A shining shibboleth
You dared to take the breath away
Of everyone you met

Mo ghra, mo chroi, mo chuisle
How hard it is to see
A mhuirnin, they have brought you to your knees

The rains that you’re so famous for
I’ve only realised
Are just the tears you fail to keep
Cascading from your eyes

Mo ghra, mo chroi, mo chuisle
How hard it is to see
A mhuirnin, they have brought you to your knees

Mo ghra, mo chroi, mo chuisle
How hard it is to see
A mhuirnin, they have brought you to your knees